Cow & Gate Product FAQs
Formula and packaging changes
What is Omega-3?
Omega-3 is a family of fats, including long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs). Omega-3 LCPs are important for health and form a key part of a healthy diet.
DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid. DHA is a type of Omega-3 LCP.
How do I move my baby onto a new milk?
It is completely safe for you to change your little one’s milk immediately.
However, every baby is different, and some babies may experience settling issues when changing milks due to slightly different tastes, textures and composition.
This is normal and any symptoms should be minimal and temporary (such as changes in stool frequency and colour).
We recommend allowing some time for your baby to settle with a new formulation, however if you have any concerns please discuss this with your healthcare professional.
To minimise any settling issues, parents might prefer to do a gradual transition.
Gradually moving over may allow your little one time to adjust onto the new composition of the milk, and this can be particularly relevant for changing onto milks which have a different compositional profile.
To transition to the new milk gradually you could replace one bottle of your baby’s current milk with one bottle of your baby’s new milk each day, keeping all of the other feeds to the previous one.
It may be a good idea to introduce the new feed when your little one is not too tired or irritable, but it is worth exploring to see what works for you.
Continue this way, increasing the number of feeds with new milk each day until all of the feeds are with the new baby/toddler milk.
You may notice two different types of packaging for some of our products at the moment; some with ‘Updated Formulation’ and some without.
All Cow & Gate Powders
Cow & Gate First Infant Milk 1L and 6 x 70ml Starter Pack
Cow & Gate Growing up milk 200ml and 1L
We have removed the ‘Updated Formulation’ label as it has been a long time since the recipe was changed. We would like to reassure you that there has been no change in the formulations of these products.
Cow & Gate First Infant Milk, Follow-on Milk and Hungry Infant Milk 200ml and 4x200ml Packs
We have removed the ‘Updated Formulation’ label as it has been a long time since the 2019 legislation that resulted in some changes to the formulation. You may notice some minor variations in the nutritional values and ingredient list due to these products recently changing production location.
Need some friendly advice or a bit of reassurance?
Breastfeeding is best. Infant milk is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed. Follow-on milk is only for babies over 6 months, as part of a mixed diet and should not be used as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. We advise that the use of formula milks and the decision to start weaning should be made only on the advice of a doctor, dietitian, pharmacist or other professional responsible for maternal and child care, based on baby’s individual needs. Foods for special medical purposes should only be used under medical supervision. May be suitable for use as the sole source of nutrition for infants from birth, and/or as part of a balanced diet from 6-12 months. Refer to product information for details.